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Photo Tour – Malua and Saleimoa

Posted by Igor Popstefanija on August 8, 2009

Well it’s been a pretty boring couple of weeks what with school out and me with nothing much to do. I had been planning this (and other) photo tours for a while and I was bored one afternoon. So in the other direction from Utuali’i are Malua and Saleimoa. The good thing about Saleimoa is that it includes one of the few supermarkets in Samoa outside of Apia, but this supermarket is not in walking distance so I usually take the bike that Peace Corps provides all volunteers. I make this trek about once a week, in order to replenish supplies that I cannot buy in Utuali’i.

Malua is home to the Malua Theological College, which was one of the first places the Missionaries, from the London Missionary Society, set up shop in Samoa, and was there to educate the locals to be pastors. It is home to one of the oldest Churches in Samoan, built in the 1830s (though you can’t see it from the road.) There is also a really cool pond there that is home to Sea Turtles. Anyway, the pictures speak for themselves, so here goes:

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Photo Tour – Bus Ride

Posted by Igor Popstefanija on August 5, 2009

So its been a very slow week, what with the kids out of school again this week on account of the flu pandemic. This week it was the ministry of health that shut down the schools, so the year 12 and 13 students that were showing up last week aren’t coming this week. So I thought I’d give you a flavor of what its like to come into Apia for me.

The bus costs me about 2 tala, whereas a taxi would cost me 25 – 30 tala. This translates to about 75 cents US. The trip takes about a half hour. Normally the bus is more crowded than the one I took today, so I lucked out. Anyway, enjoy the tour:

[addendum: Just for comparision I wanted to show what a more typical bus ride in Samoa is like. The was the bus I took into apia this morning. There was no sitting room, so I had to stand, by the door no less.]

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Photo Tour – Utuali’i

Posted by Igor Popstefanija on June 13, 2009

So Utuali’i is the closet village to where I live, and tends to be where I go to buy my bread and coke. All the children in the village used to yell “bye bye palagi” when I would walk through, but then I confronted one of them and told them that my name was “Toa” and not “Palagi” so now they alternate between “Toa” and “Palagi.” Most of the people in the village know me by sight, but I’ve only had real conversations with the shopkeepers. There are three shops (faleoloa in samoan) in the village. The one pictured is the one I go to the most, because the woman who runs the shop is originally from hawaii. Anyway, hope you enjoy the pictures:

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Photo Tour – Beach Road, Apia

Posted by Igor Popstefanija on April 30, 2009

Apia Harbor, the building with the dome is the Government Building

Following my Mother’s suggestion, I’ll take you guys on a tour of Apia. This follows my path from the Peace Corps Office to CV, the cafe where I usually go to in order to get the fast lavaspot internet connection.¬† Beach Road is the main¬† street in Apia, it runs along the coastline, with a seawall on its oceanside. So I’ll go into detail of a couple of locations that need further explanation, and you can see all of them in the gallery at the end of the post.

On the Rocks

This is On the Rocks or “OTR” where most Peace Corps come to play on weekends. It has cold vailima, the local brew, and a rather eclectic music selection. The music is the major draw for me, as its a good break from “bus music.” Bus music is what is played on the buses, and tends to be the same 10 songs over and over, all of them some form of pop/reggae/dance. OTR on the other hand will play American music, including classics by Journey or Toto (“Africa” is a Peace Corps favorite).

Palagi Row

We call this stretch of pedestrian street “Palagi Row.” Palagi (pronouced palangi) is the Samoan word for white people, like me. Palagi row is where tourists and expats tend to congregate. It is also where Cappocino Vinyard’s, or CV, is located. CV is my main stop in Apia. Although the Peace Corps office has free internet, it doesn’t have a fast enough connect to download or upload large files, like pictures.

This part of Apia is the more touristy part. I think in the future I’ll take you around the other parts of Apia, like the markets. I’ll also take you around the village where I work. Let me know how you like this “photo tour” and I’ll post more in the future.

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